National records within grasp of Aledo's Gray

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
5:16
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Aledo is a win away from its third consecutive state championship, and star running back Johnathan Gray -- in his final high school game -- has a chance to break national records for career touchdowns and points.

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Aledo (13-2) faces Manvel (15-0) in the Class 4A Division II state final set for noon Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Here's a look at a few of the records Gray is chasing:

*Gray, a 5-11, 202-pound senior, needs one touchdown to break the national career record he currently shares with Michael Hart, based on information from the National High School Sports Record Book. Gray tied Hart’s 204 touchdown total last week.

Hart, who went on to play at the University of Michigan and for the Indianapolis Colts, was a high school running back at Nedrow Onondaga, N.Y., from 2000-03.

*Hart’s national career point record is also in jeopardy. Gray, with 1,226 points, needs 21 to exceed Hart’s total of 1,246.

Gray is averaging 4.6 touchdowns and 27.6 points per game this season.

*In career rushing, Gray ranks fourth nationally for his career with 10,667 yards. He needs 228 yards to catch No. 3 Kevin Parks Jr., who ran for 10,895 yards for Mount Ulla West Rowan in North Carolina from 2006-09.

To catch Hart, who is No. 2 on the career rushing list, Gray would need 378 yards.

The long-standing career rushing record of Sugar Land’s Ken Hall appears to have withstood another challenger. Hall, known as the Sugar Land Express, ran for 11,232 yards from 1950-53.

Hall holds a 381-yard lead on Gray for the national and Texas single-season rushing mark.

*Gray is well within reach of the national single-season record for all-purpose touchdowns. Gray’s 69 are two shy of the national record set by T.A. McLendon of Albemarle, N.C., in 2001.

*In single-season points, Gray’s 414 total is 39 behind what national record-holder Brett Law of Sheridan, Ind., scored in 1988.

*Gray can add to his state records for rushing touchdowns in a season (64) and most career 100-yard games (50).

Gray, a University of Texas commit, is coming off a five-touchdown performance in a 68-28 state semifinal victory over Corsicana on Friday. He came out of the win with some bumps and bruises, but coach Tim Buchanan said he expects Gray to be fit to practice this week.

Gray recently was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year for the second time and was a repeat winner of the Tom Landry Award as the best high school player in North Texas.

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